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10 best products launched by Google ever

Last updated on: July 2, 2012 08:16 IST

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Google is an American multinational corporation which provides Internet-related products and services, including Internet search, cloud computing, software and advertising technologies.

Advertising revenues from AdWords generate almost all of the company's profits.

Let's take a look at some of the best products it has launched.

Source: Business Insider

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Image: A woman walks past the Google Chicago headquarters logo in Chicago.
Photographs: Jim Young/Reuters
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Google Search

Google Search (or Google Web Search) is a web search engine owned by Google Inc. Google Search is the most-used search engine on the Internet, receiving several hundred million queries each day through its various services.

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Gmail

Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service provided by Google. Users may access Gmail as secure webmail, as well as via POP3 or IMAP4 protocols.

Gmail was launched as an invitation-only beta release on April 1, 2004 and it became available to the general public on February 7, 2007, though still in beta status at that time. The service was upgraded from beta status on July 7, 2009, along with the rest of the Google Apps suite.

As of June 2012, it had 425 million active users worldwide.

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Image: Gmail is a free, advertising-supported email service.
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Google Maps

Google Maps is a web mapping service application and technology provided by Google, that powers many map-based services, including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder, Google Transit, and maps embedded on third-party websites via the Google Maps API.

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Android

Android is a Linux-based operating system for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. It is developed by the Open Handset Alliance, led by Google, and other companies.

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Image: Attendees gather at the Android developer sandbox during the Google I/O Conference in San Francisco.
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YouTube

YouTube is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005, on which users can upload, view and share videos.

The company is based in San Bruno, California, and uses Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos.

In November 2006, YouTube was bought by Google for $1.65 billion, and now operates as a subsidiary of Google.

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Image: A visitor is seen at the You Tube stand during the annual Mipcom television programme market in Cannes.
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Google Chrome

Google Chrome is a freeware web browser developed by Google that uses the WebKit layout engine. It was first released as a beta version for Microsoft Windows on September 2, 2008, and the public stable release was on December 11, 2008.

As of May 2012, Google Chrome had about 33 per cent worldwide usage share of web browsers, making it the most widely used web browser.

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Image: Google CEO Eric Schmidt speaks during the company's Chrome event in San Francisco.
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Google AdSense

Google AdSense is a program run by Google that allows publishers in the Google Network of content sites to serve automatic text, image, video, and rich media adverts that are targeted to site content and audience.

These adverts are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google, and they can generate revenue on either a per-click or per-impression basis.

In Q1 2011, Google earned $2.43 billion ($9.71 billion annualised), or 28 per cent of total revenue, through Google AdSense.

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Image: These adverts are administered, sorted, and maintained by Google.


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Google Docs

Google Docs was a free, web-based office suite and data storage service offered by Google. It allowed users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

Google Docs combines the features of Writely and Spreadsheets with a presentation program incorporating technology designed by Tonic Systems.

The largely anticipated cloud storage feature by Google is said to be replacing most of Docs' features in 2012. This extension or replacement of Google Docs called Google Drive was opened to the public on April 24, 2012.

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Google Translate

Google Translate is a free statistical machine translation service provided by Google to translate a section of text, document, or webpage into another language.

The service was introduced in April 28, 2006, for the Arabic language.

Prior to October 2007, for languages other than Arabic, Chinese and Russian, Google used a Systran-based translator, which is used by other translation services such as Babel Fish, AOL, and Yahoo.

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Image: Google Translate is a free statistical machine translation service.

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Blogger

Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. It was created by Pyra Labs, which was bought by Google in 2003.

Generally, the blogs are hosted by Google at a subdomain of blogspot.com. Up until May 1, 2010, Blogger allowed users to publish blogs on other hosts, via FTP.

All such blogs had (or still have) to be moved to Google's own servers, with domains other than blogspot.com allowed via custom URLs.


Image: Blogger is a blog-publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries.

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